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Northern Baroque Art: The Collector’s Cabinet

Written by Stanton Thomas, Ph.D., Curator of European & Decorative Art Among the new exhibition spaces in the Brooks is a gallery dedicated to Dutch and Flemish art of the 1600s. This period was the golden age of artistic achievement in the Netherlands—with  Dutch and Flemish painters gaining international recognition for their spectacular landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and genre paintings. The Brooks Museum’s paintings have been installed to evoke a... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | 0 comments
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Continuing Education with Brooks Museum Docents

We love our docents and education team here at the Brooks Museum. Even while the museum has been closed, our docents have been hard at work continuing to learn about the museum’s permanent collection. Recently, our docents gathered for a presentation on Sofonisba Anguissola and Georgia O’Keeffe, two important women artists whose works hang in our permanent collection. Portrait of One of the Artist's Sisters , ca. 1560 Artist: Sofonisba Anguissola, Italian, 1532/35 - 1625 Medium: Oil... Read More
Posted by Rose Baker at Monday, April 25, 2016 | 0 comments
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The Deinstallation of Brooks Museum’s Vide-O-belisk

On Monday, February 1, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art began the week-long process of deinstalling Nam June Paik’s Vide-O-belisk . For the first time since the sculpture was installed at the Brooks, it will receive a thorough conservation assessment as part of our role as stewards of great works of art through proper care and conservation.  While it is under review, the space will be used for a new series of exhibitions called “Rotunda Projects.” More details about those projects... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, February 18, 2016 | 0 comments
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Meet the 2016 Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards judges

As an affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards honors exemplary art by students in 7th through 12th grades, recognizing their outstanding achievements in a competitive annual exhibition and providing cash prizes and scholarship opportunities. The Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards is generously sponsored by the Brooks Museum League , which provides both financial support and countless volunteer hours. Six judges, over a course of several... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, February 2, 2016 | 2 comments
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A Temporary Farewell to Brooks Museum’s Vide-O-belisk

One of the most photographed—and shared on social media—works at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is Nam June Paik’s Vide-O-belisk . This sculpture comprises vintage televisions, neon signs, and videos featuring works from the museum’s permanent collection, Egyptian iconography, and Elvis. Vide-O-belisk , which was commissioned by the museum with funds from the Morrie A. Moss Acquisition Fund, the Hohenberg Foundation, Wil and Sally Hergenrader, and the Bodine Company, has graced the... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | 0 comments
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Brooks Museum’s artworks by & about African Americans

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we’re reminded of the contribution by African Americans in the art world. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has numerous works on display by or about African Americans. Be sure to find the following works the next time you visit the museum, including the Chandler Gallery that is now celebrating the accomplishments of Ernest C. Withers (1922-2007), who captured images that powerfully defined the Civil Rights Movement. Main Level:  Member Lounge ... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, January 13, 2016 | 0 comments
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2015 at Brooks Museum: Year in Review

You could call 2015 a year of changes for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Several cosmetic changes happened in anticipation of the centennial celebration in 2016, but the museum also has new leadership. Our new executive director, Dr. Emily Ballew Neff, was announced in April and is leading the museum in providing "dynamic and revelatory experiences for its visitors through great works of art from all over the world.” "I want all Memphians to know that the museum belongs to them, and... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, December 31, 2015 | 0 comments
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Four artworks to see during winter break at Brooks Museum

Several schools are having their winter break and parents have kids who are at home, or have some time off work themselves. If you’re looking for an outing or just want to get the kids out of house for a couple hours, spend a day at the Brooks Museum!  Here are four must-see artworks during your visit: Light of the Incarnation by Carl Gutherz - You can find this painting on the entry level in the 19th century American Art gallery. This painting depicts the birth of Christ seen from... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, December 15, 2015 | 1 comments
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DAT gifts item belonging to Memphis' first mayor to Brooks Museum

Blog written by Dr. Stanton Thomas, Curator of European & Decorative Art This impressive pitcher—one of the Decorative Arts Trust ’s most recent gifts to the Brooks Museum—belonged to Marcus Brutus Winchester, first mayor of Memphis (1796-1856). Winchester was Memphis’ mayor from 1827 until 1829. His intertwined initials appear in the beautifully engraved monogram, providing a focal point for the piece’s remarkably elaborate decorations of flowers, scrolls, beading, stylized... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 1 comments
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Give back to the Brooks on Giving Tuesday

There’s a day for giving thanks and several days to find your holiday shopping deals. Do you know about the day to give back? People around the world participate in Giving Tuesday, which happens the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and you can join them. Show your support of Brooks Museum and help us inspire others to give during the holiday season.  Change your Facebook and Twitter profile photo on Giving Tuesday to show your support of the Brooks Museum and the power of... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | 0 comments
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